Category Archives: arts integration

Arts integration is an approach to teaching. Students create and demonstrate understanding through an art form.

Reaping what we’ve sown

Here’s today’s cheerful update from the White House: Does that last bullet point (and the boldface text) chill you, maybe a tiny bit? Does it sound faintly like uniformed government forces invading your office, home, and neighborhood to arrest undesirables? … Continue reading

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Environments Matter

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Intrinsic Motivation Means Student Engagement

When students create art about things they are learning, we call that arts integration. This approach to teaching routinely works to engage ALL children in a classroom in learning, something that is clearly not true of the “drill and kill” … Continue reading

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Arts Integration on a Bumper Sticker

The first large-scale Learning Expedition we mounted in our young charter school for ecology and the arts in 2005 was, “In the Shadow of the Hermit,” an investigation into the life of a fascinating local Las Vegas, New Mexico historical … Continue reading

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A Teacher Apologizes for Testing

Along the lines of the continuing thread in this blog about how destructive testing has become, here is a blog post about a 3rd grade teacher’s heartfelt letter of apology to her students for taking time away from learning in … Continue reading

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Deliberate Confusion About the Common Core

Colorado has become the latest state to suffer a brouhaha over the Common Core State Standards, due primarily to a push by a group of people who don’t understand the Common Core. I suspect many of them have not even … Continue reading

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